Kern County Raceway Park listed for sale

FILE -- The track at the Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, Calif., is seen Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, during a press event before the weekend Winter Showdown. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Roman Flores)

The Kern County Raceway is up for sale, according to track officials.

It has been open for five years.

"When Kern County Raceway opened in May of 2013, it opened with a bang. Over 8,000 fans came to see the return of NASCAR to Kern County," said Steve Hughes, the track's marketing director.

Hughes said the raceway has struggled to regularly match that total since.

"We've had other large events but quite haven't reached that 8,000 total that we did on opening night," said Hughes.

It has a paved track, a dirt track and motocross track -- all selling for $15 million. That's a steal for a track that the owners claim is valued at $40 million.

There's a history to racing in Kern County.

"It's just kind of ingrained in our DNA here in Bakersfield that, man, if it's a Saturday night were probably gonna go find some racing somewhere," said Hughes.

And despite the listing, everything at the NASCAR-sanctioned track will stay the same.

"Our goal is to find a buyer who will pay the price that Kern County Raceway is worth and continue to operate the facility, not only as a racetrack but as a venue, as well," said Hughes. "If those things can come together, then the sale will be made."

A full lineup is already planned for 2018, beginning in February.

"That does not mean the end to racing in Kern County by any means," said Hughes.

The longtime owner of the track, Taft oilman Charlie Beard, passed away more than a year ago. Gary Belter with Coldwell Bankers is brokering the sale. He said Beard's death is what began this process to sell the raceway.

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